About the Project
Drs. Kim Raine, Candace Nykiforuk, and Katerina Maximova received funding from Alberta Innovates Cancer Prevention Research Opportunity (CPRO) for the project "Impact of Benchmarking Food Environments on Policies and Actions to Promote Healthy Eating for Reducing Cancer Risk". Funding will enable the annual production of Alberta's Nutrition Report Card, and assessment of current food environments and nutrition policies in Alberta through 2021.
The Centre for Health and Nutrition provided communication services in 2017, and project coordination services in 2016 to support the release of Alberta’s Nutrition Report Card on Food Environments for Children and Youth.
The Benchmarking Food Environments Project also includes:
- Assessment of the outcomes and impact of the annual Alberta Nutrition Report Card on:
- decision-maker and public perceptions of policy interventions relevant to food environments
- food environments
- eating behaviours and
- childhood overweight/ obesity
- Engaging Alberta communities to participate in collecting data on relevant benchmarks and taking action to improve local food environments. This process will be assessed in terms of process, outcomes and impact.
Benchmarking helps to strengthen the accountability of systems relevant to food environments with the overall goal to stimulate a greater effort from governments to reduce obesity, non-communicable diseases and their related inequalities. The project's long-term goal is to conduct these assessments across several Canadian jurisdictions to create a national Nutrition Report Card for Canada.
If you are interested to know more about the Nutrition Report Card or have a question about it, we invite you to connect with us:
Dr. Kim Raine, Primary Investigator
Krista Milford, MSc, Project Coordinator